Another interesting convergence occurred this morning.
In my daily Bible study, I read Leviticus 19 and noted a word, "grudge". Forgiveness is a term used throughout the Bible, but grudge is a word that stood out to me this morning in verse 18, "You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord." I meditated on the underlined phrase for a while, examining myself to consider if I am holding onto any grudges and considering the importance of letting them go.
Then I opened my email to find this Oola Challenge:
"So... Today's #OolaChallenge is to take the first action step towards forgiveness by thinking of the pain that you are holding onto and acknowledging the OolaBlocker that is holding you back from giving forgiveness. Write it down, tear it up, and work towards overcoming it."
I thought of a couple grudges that I haven't completely let go of, wrote them down and considered what was behind me continuing to hold on to them--fear of being hurt again, pride, stubbornness, and anger. Then I tapped through 4 ho'oponopono sequences Round 1) directed to God asking Him to forgive me for holding on to this grudge and accepting His forgiveness, 2) to myself for the harm holding onto the grudge has caused me 3) to the person I had been holding the grudge against and 4) to anyone else effected by the grudge. All while taking whiffs from my bottle of Forgiveness oil. (If you don't have Forgiveness oil, Awaken blend contains Forgiveness blend and is another great option)
I also remembered a relevant and recent article my decluttering mentor posted. Here is an excerpt from the insightful and worthwhile article, "Sometimes we forget that it's the hand that opens to let go is the hand that is open to receive, and so we keep a death grip on things that no longer have a purpose or place in our life, thinking that we might "need it someday". We get so focused on the grasping that when we open our hand, we realize there's nothing of substance there after all. Anything we truly treasure cannot be taken away from us." I imagined my hand letting go of grudges and being open to receive blessings.
Back to Leviticus 19:18, it's interesting to consider the word "bear" in "nor bear any grudge", means to carry. Grudges weigh us down. If we were running a race, we'd lay aside any excess weight that would hinder us from our best performance, Hebrews 12:1-2. I am running to heaven and in such as way as to achieve victory. Therefore, I'm thankful for this reminder to identify and lay aside any grudges I may still be carrying around.
Who wants to be a silly monkey? Not me!